of spin, but can he deliver the substance?'- Hudghton
Peter Mandelson's appearance before a special Parliamentary Committee to
assess his suitability as EU Trade Commissioner, Euro-MPs from the
Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru described the former New Labour
Cabinet Minister's performance as more spin than substance.
always going to be a polished performance from someone who is famously
skilled in PR and presentation. There was a lot of smooth talking and
platitudes about making the world a better place but when it comes to
getting on with the job, will Mr Mandelson really be able to deliver? He
seemed to be trying to be all things to all people, to remain on
everybody's good side.
were some assurances about his independence and impartiality in his role
as Commissioner, but many will have been surprised to hear him referring
so blatantly to his political support for Tony Blair, presumably
ongoing. Does this mean he intends to continue active involvement in New
Labour? There was plenty of spin from Mr Mandelson today, but
can he deliver the substance?"
(Plaid Cymru) added:
"Whilst Mr Mandelson might get top marks for presentation, what really
counts is being able to deliver on his promises, and Mr Mandelson now has
to face some major challenges.
us are concerned about the creeping privatisation of the public sector and
Mr Mandelson got a question on just this point. He had every opportunity
to give a clear answer but instead said he was in favour of what he called
'diversity of supply in the public sector' - hardly the clear cut pledge
to keeping health and education public that we could have expected. Mr
Mandelson can talk the talk but can he walk the walk?"